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DEIMANTAS NARKEVIČIUS

Deimantas Narkevičius was born in 1964 in Utena, Lithuania, and currently lives in Vilnius.

He has been working with film since the early 1990s. His films explore the intricate nature of memory and portray contemporary society confronted with the painful processes of history. The camera offers him the chance to explore alternative narratives and allows him to play with the passage of time. In film he has found the perfect medium for exploring both sound and visual language.

The disjuncture between words and images in his films highlights the impossibility of objective documentary making. Narkevičius eschews the close-ups that are a common feature of contemporary documentaries, often used to prove the veracity of an interviewee’s testimony. The central characters of his narratives are often absent from the screen, replaced by objects, drawings or other surrogate elements.

Selected solo and group exhibitions include the 29th São Paulo Biennial, 2010; BFI Southbank Gallery, London, 2009; the 11th International Istanbul Biennial, 2009; Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, 2008; Secession, Vienna, 2008; Lithuanian Pavilion at the 49th Venice Biennale, 2008; Skulptur Projekte Münster 07; and the 50th Venice Biennale, 2003.